Entrepreneurship Research on Intuition: A Critical Analysis and Research Agenda

International Journal of Management Reviews, Article first published online: 5 MAR 2015 DOI: 10.1111/ijmr.12056

47 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2016

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Leonie Baldacchino

University of Malta

Deniz Ucbasaran

University of Nottingham

Laure Cabantous

Cass Business School, City University London

Andy Lockett

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)

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Date Written: March 5, 2015

Abstract

Intuition is a way of processing information that is largely unconscious, associative, fast, and contextually dependent. As part of the growing cognition-oriented research agenda in the entrepreneurship field, the specific cognitive construct of intuition has attracted relatively little attention. We find this position surprising, particularly since some entrepreneurship scholars have described intuition as the seed of entrepreneurial activity. In this review, we examine the small but rapidly growing literature at the intersection of intuition and entrepreneurship. In critically analyzing this body of work, we reveal a number of areas that warrant further attention if scholars wish to enhance academic understanding of the role of intuition in the entrepreneurial process. From our review, we develop an agenda to help guide scholars of entrepreneurial cognition with a specific interest in intuition in their future research. In doing so, we address a gap in the entrepreneurial cognition literature which currently lacks a clear view of the value of entrepreneurship research on intuition and of how it should be conducted.

Keywords: Cognition, Entrepreneurship, Intuition

Suggested Citation

Baldacchino, Leonie and Ucbasaran, Deniz and Cabantous, Laure and Lockett, Andy, Entrepreneurship Research on Intuition: A Critical Analysis and Research Agenda (March 5, 2015). International Journal of Management Reviews, Article first published online: 5 MAR 2015 DOI: 10.1111/ijmr.12056, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2718257

Leonie Baldacchino

University of Malta

Msida MSD 2080
Msida MSD 06
Malta

Deniz Ucbasaran

University of Nottingham ( email )

University Park
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

Laure Cabantous (Contact Author)

Cass Business School, City University London ( email )

106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ
United Kingdom

Andy Lockett

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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